WELCOME TO KIRKWOOD UCC

GETTING TO KNOW KIRKWOOD UCC

Kirkwood United Church of Christ is called by God to be an open, diverse and caring community of Jesus’ disciples. In following Christ’s commandment to love one another, we welcome all who wish to share in the fellowship, membership, leadership, worship, ministry, sacraments, rites, responsibilities and blessings of our faith community. As we affirm that every person is a child of God, no one is excluded, regardless of race, ethnic or socio-economic background, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality, or faith background. We are an Open and Affirming congregation. All are welcome here!

 

ABOUT SUNDAY SERVICES AT KUCC

outlined MAPLocation:  Our address is 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd, Kirkwood,  63122.  We are at the corner of Dougherty Ferry and Lindemann. Parking is available in the lot behind the church and on Dougherty Ferry Road. Handicap parking is in the parking lot on the west side of the church.

Time: Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Hearing assistive devices are available.

Childcare is provided for babies through 3-year-olds in our nursery.

Children’s classes meet during worship, after the children’s message. Adult classes follow the service, with childcare provided. For more information on programs for children and youth, see our Youth Programs page.

 

PROGRESSIVE DINNER APRIL 22

Mark your calendars now for another favorite tradition at Kirkwood UCC, our spring Progressive Dinner.  We gather at one home for a social hour, disperse to several homes for small group dinners, and reconvene at another home for shared dessert and conversation.  If any family is willing to host the social hour for about 70, a dinner for 8 to 12, or dessert for 70, please sign up on the sheets posted in the gathering area at church or contact Sharon Danyluck or Barb Harris.  This is one of the best opportunities during the year to get to know fellow members and to celebrate the ties that bind us in community.  Hope to see all of you there–and feel free to invite a friend. We are particularly excited to anticipate our visitors from our Guatemala outreach partner CEDEPCA sharing this evening with us!

 

HELP PREPARE FOR RUMMAGE SALE APRIL 29

Do you have treasures you’d like to share with others? Our annual rummage sale will be held on the morning of Saturday, April 29, and we’d love to have your involvement. Donations to the rummage sale will be received beginning Monday, April 17 (the day after Easter), and will be collected in the coat rack area and the Sunday School room closest to the accessible entrance. If you must bring items earlier than April 17, please let Connie Gabel know and she will give details on where to place the items. No TV’s, please. Clothing in clean, gently used condition. We’re looking for volunteers of all ages to help sort and assemble on the afternoons and evenings of April 27 and 28. Also…to help with customers on April 29. THERE WILL BE DONUTS FOR VOLUNTEERS! 🙂 Any questions? Please email Connie Gabel or call her at (636) 225-8954. Thank you!

 

MISSION AND OUTREACH

God’s Helping Hands Easter Outfits Needed by March 26

Easter is just around the corner! KUCC is continuing its tradition of purchasing Easter Outfits for 25 children from the Gods Helping Hands Outreach Program. We kicked off this year’s project on Sunday, March 5.

THANK YOU!  We are happy to report that all of the Easter egg tags indicating a person wanting an outfit have been claimed.  Remember to bring your Easter outfits to church by March 26. They should not be wrapped and can be placed in the Easter egg tub or hung on the coat rack. Be sure to attach your ‘egg’ to your outfit.  If you’d rather not shop, consider participating by donating to this event – write a check to KUCC with “Easter Outfits” noted on the memo line.

We know that KUCC’s generosity will make this important holiday happier for many of the GHH community!  If you have questions, email Judy Kamper or Mary Mohl or visit our Current Projects page.

 

Walking with Guatemala – April Visitors from CEDEPCA

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We have begun planning for the next step in KUCC’s Guatemala Partnership. We have received confirmation from Judith Castaneda (General Coordinator of CEDEPCA) that two of their staff members, Antonieta de Morales and Priscila Barrientos, will be able to spend April 8 – May 6 2017 in St. Louis. This will be an immersion experience, similar to the one that Ana and Luis had in October 2014. We have secured host families and English language tutoring classes for both women and are working on scheduling places/agencies for them to visit. Emily Kuttenkuler and Judy Kamper, co-chairs of the Planning Team, are looking  for individuals who would be willing to serve as drivers or hosts for dinner or visits to places of interest. Just getting to know the CEDEPCA workers offers a wonderful opportunity to learn and enjoy new perspectives. Anyone interested in joining in this project, please contact Emily Kuttenkuler or Judy Kamper.

 

Thanks for Making March 11 Book and Baked Goods Sale a Success!

KUCC’s third Book Sale,l held on March 11, sold enough books and baked goods to earn approximately $800 for KUCC, with 10% dedicated to Mission and Outreach. Thanks to everyone who donated books or baked goods and to all who worked or purchased books!

If you have books to donate for our next sale, please set them under the coat rack outside the church office. We will get them moved to the basement. Please ask friends and family if they have any books to donate, too. If you are interested in helping or have questions about the book sale effort, email Shane Bowen or call him at 618-521-2690.

 

 NURTURE AND EDUCATION

Adult Education–March Will Focus on the Book of Revelation

Revelation can be a confusing book of the Bible. There are angels and demons, lambs and dragons, and a whole array of numbers that seem to mean something important! Most of what we think we know about this book, however, comes from popular culture, not biblical scholarship. For the four Sundays in March, we will study the book of Revelation, led by Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd, Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Eden Seminary. Join us after worship in the Adult Education room as we explore what this fascinating book might really be about: hope in the face of empire. Who knows? It might still be relevant!

 

 LOGOS Celebrates Another Great Year

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The photo above shows Kris Pounds, Blake, Andrew, and Chris Thomas, and Zach Letchworth comparing their potato-head creations on Spud Night at LOGOS.  Now that we are nearly to spring break, LOGOS has concluded for the season.  Young people who have been participating, their families, and all of our LOGOS volunteers enjoyed an end-of-year celebration on March 9.  The program began with worship and Communion, followed by a taco feast as a wrap up to a fun year. Special thanks to LOGOS director Deb Humphrey for her dedication.  We look forward to beginning another year of this KUCC tradition in the fall.

 

African-American Heritage and Tasting February 26

During worship February 26, members of the group Inspired By Christ lifted our souls and had us clapping our hands to amazing Gospel music. A.J. Dickerson, Sr., Patrice Williams, Darryl Gerdine, and Angie McCree brought energy and grace to our celebration of our country’s rich African-American heritage. We were blessed to have them fill our spirits as Pastor Betsy preached about emptying ourselves of self absorption, greed, and anger and filling ourselves up with the love of God, with the true peace of Shalom. After the service, continuing our celebration of Black History Month, Kirkwood United Church of Christ enjoyed our annual African American Brunch. Thank you so much to Earline Stewart and Virginia Okoloko for organizing this event and to all who contributed to our marvelous meal!